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Abigail

bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3586)
    Performance
    (3138)
    Story
    (3172)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Disapointing introduction to Stephenson writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    On the advice of friends who are Stephenson fans, I was happy for a nearly 40 hour fictional listen... Unfortunately, having just read several William Gibson titles and Ready Player One, this book fell WELL BELOW expectations. I also had trouble fitting it into any pre-concieved notions of Genre. (If this was a thriller would I really be bored??)

    The characters were interesting, and I cared about their sucess -- but descriptions, and convoluted plots just took way too long to develop.

    I was tempted to bang my head into walls while characters clearly missed vital clues which seemed perfectly obvious to me as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Web of Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Philip Reeve
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London. Now she arrives in the extraordinary city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on rails, and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs - but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets.

    Abigail says: "Brilliant Cliffhanger"
    "Brilliant Cliffhanger"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is a beautiful second book in the Fever Crumb series. Beautifully written with mystery, surprising twists and just a dash of romance. A sweet coming of age story in its own way.

    Except for the ending.

    After many hours of enjoyable listening, I was dismayed by the ending. I was simply unprepared for the book to end so abruptly. In my opinion the ending was a shocking and unwanted twist for these well developed and lovable characters. Hopefully there is a third book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (221)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "Abridged... but its Richard Armitage!"
    Overall

    Having never read/listened to this story prior to this version, I enjoyed it very much and just assumed it was one of the shorter Heyer novels. I just wished it was longer... only to find out that it could have been. This abridged version is good, and works as a story, so maybe its for the best. I love Richard's voice, and i could listen to him read for days on end. So I've listen to him read this story at least 3 times. It is very very sad that it's abridged. Buy it anyway, its a good listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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